Joint Committee on Rescue Cooperation in the Barents Region
Risk scenarios for major accidents, natural disasters, and man-made emergencies show many similarities in the Barents Region. There are long distances between economic centres, sparsely populated rural communities, limited rescue personnel and equipment, and restricted means for transport and hospital resources available in case of larger accidents.
In this environment, the Joint Committee on Rescue Cooperation is working to make most of the widely dispersed resources in the region.
The aim is to improve the possibilites of the rescue service agencies to cooperate across the national, federal and regional borders on emergency and rescue issues in the Barents Region.
The cooperation makes it possible to provide assistance more efficiently, faster and at lower operating cost. As a result, direct access to additional resources and specialised functions in neighbouring countries can be assured and preparedness and prevention measures can be co-ordinated.
The focus of the cooperation is on day-to-day emergency situations, such as traffic accidents, forest fires, tourism related accidents, floods, ice plugs and industrial and chemical accidents.
The Joint Committee in Kiruna, September 2019
The objectives and scope of the cooperation have been defined in the Agreement on Cooperation within the field of Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response, which is available in
English, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and Russian.
To provide guidance in the implementation of the agreement, the Committee has developed an operational tool, the Barents Joint Rescue Manual. The latest version of the Manual (revised April 2020) can be found from the links below:
Barents Joint Manual - main document
Attachment 1 - National points of contacts (restricted, will not be published online)
Attachment 2 - Request for assistance scheme
Attachment 3 - SAR situation report
Attachment 4 - Acknowledgement of request for assistance
Attachment 5 - Initial offer of assistance
Attachment 6 - BEAC communications test schedule
The Committee has one subgroup, the Planning and Evaluation Group (PEWG), which assists the Committee in its work and represents it in the planning processes of the main events, such as the Barents Rescue Exercises. The Terms of Reference and contact information for the PEWG can be found here.
Barents Rescue Exercises
One of the core activities of the rescue cooperation are the biennal Barents Rescue Exercises, organized in the country of the respective BEAC Chairmanship.
Relevant documents and presentations from the Barents Rescue exercise in 2019 are listed on a separate webpage. Please visit the page by following this link >> (the page will open in new window).
News update: the international report from Barents Rescue 2019 can be downloaded from this link >>
Read more about the previous exercises from the links below:
Agencies and Ministries represented in the Joint Committee:
Julia Fredriksson (chair)
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency
Tel: +46 102405047, +46 703602033
Swedish Civil Continguencies Agency
Tel: +46 102405034
County Administrative Board of Norrbotten
Tel: +46 102255480
EMERCOM of Russia, International Cooperation Department
Tel: +7 495 983 77 43, +7 926 690 14 23
Fax: +7 495 624 84 10
EMERCOM of Russia, Main Directorate for Murmansk region
Tel: +7 921 171 84 03
Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security
Department of Public Security
Tel: +47 22 24 56 77
Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre Northern Norway
Tel: +47 75559300, +47 95176522
Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency
Tel: +47 33412734, +47 93093093
Ministry of the Interior
Tel: +358 295488442, +358 405577611
Ministry of the Interior
Tel: +358 295488640, +358 504563698
Emergency service of Lapland
Tel: +358 201311240, + 358 407654967
Administration of the province of Lapland
Tel: +358 718762560, +358 405200486
Tel: +358 505215311